Voting by Proxy
What is a proxy vote?
Voting by proxy is a convenient way of voting if you are unable to get to the polling station. To vote by proxy means that you appoint someone you trust to vote on your behalf. Their name will be held on a separate list at the polling station. You can still vote yourself on polling day if necessary, as long as you arrive at the polling station before your proxy. Voting by proxy can also be useful if you fall ill and are unable to get to the polling station on election day. It can be particularly useful if you are overseas and concerned that your completed ballot paper may not arrive in time to be included in the counting of votes (for instance, if you are in the Armed Forces and deployed overseas).
Any registered elector can apply to vote by proxy. However, there are different application requirements dependent upon the reason for the application, although you must provide a reason for applying to vote by proxy in every case. You can apply for a permanent proxy vote if:
- You have a physical condition that means you cannot go to the polling station on election day;
- Your employment means that you cannot go to the polling station on election day;
- Your attendance on an educational course means that you cannot go to the polling station on election day;
- You are a British citizen living overseas;
- You are a crown servant or a member of Her Majesty's Armed Forces.
Arranging to vote by Proxy for a Particular Election
If you are unable to go to the polling station for a particular election, for example, if you are away on holiday; you can apply for a "particular election" proxy vote. You will need to complete a proxy vote application form. The form can be returned by post to Electoral Services (SBDC), PO Box 886, Amersham, HP6 9HS or by scanning the application and attaching it to an email to email@example.com. The form can also be received at the South Bucks District Council Offices (Denham), and Chiltern District Council Offices (King George V House, King George V Road, Amersham, Buckinghamshire, HP6 5AW).
Arranging to vote by Proxy on a permanent basis
In certain circumstances, you can apply to have a proxy vote on your behalf on a permanent basis, for instance, if you are living overseas. To apply to have a proxy on a permanent basis, please contact the Elections Office on 01494 732014.
Registering to vote by Emergency Proxy
In special circumstances, you may apply for a medical emergency proxy up until 5:00pm on polling day; your application will need to be countersigned by a member of the medical profession. The last date to cancel or amend a postal or proxy vote is no later than 5:00pm on the eleventh working day before the election. All requests must be made in writing.
All relevant forms can be found below.